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Holidays in Mahon

Mahon is the capital city of Menorca and is situated on the island’s east coast. It has become a popular holiday resort with sun lovers and history buffs alike. Dating back hundreds of years, it features winding streets, interesting architecture, and archaeology museums all in a sun-soaked Mediterranean setting. On holidays in Mahon, make sure you visit the famous harbour which is packed with restaurants, bars, and shops; they become lively in the evenings as locals and visitors gather to watch the sunset on the waterfront. That's why holidays here are perfect for foodies and culture lovers.

29 °C

May and June for slightly cooler temperatures.

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Menorca Airport (MAH), also known as Mahon Airport, located just outside the city.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Mahon and look forward to sunny days spent sipping wine by the crystal clear water of Mahon harbour.

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During your holiday, feel free to explore the city's markets, where you can find excellent fresh produce, clothes, souvenirs, jewellery, and hand-crafted items. One of the main markets is the Mercat Ambulant del Parc Rochina, held daily from May to October at Plà de Baixamar, where you can find many different types of goods such as leather items and clothing.

Then there's the Mercat del Peix fish market, held all year round from Tuesday to Saturday at the Plaça Espanya, and the artisan Mercat Artesa de Mahon market at Plaça de s'Esplanada held every Wednesday between June and August. Another is the big Monday-to-Saturday Mercat del Claustre del Carme near the Carmen church, where you'll find everything from fresh produce to clothes and jewellery, all year round.

Visit the Museo de Menorca, a museum where you can uncover the island's cultural and political past, with artefacts ranging from 19th century paintings to sculptures from the Roman era. Near the entrance of the harbour is Fort Marlborough, an imposing 18th century fortress that is extremely well preserved. Built by the British, and named after the powerful British General and Duke of Marlborough Sir John Churchill. It’s a great place to explore and learn about Menorca's turbulent military past. See re-enactments from the time when this area was under siege, and enjoy excellent views of the harbour from the upper level. Another site that's definitely worth including on your itinerary is Saint Philip's Castle, which is much older. Built by the Italians in the 16th century it was seized by the Spanish in the late 18th century, who demolished and rebuilt it, although you can still see remnants of the original structure today.

Although there are no beaches in Mahon itself, the city has regular bus links to Menorca's main holiday resorts and quieter coves, so you'll never be too far from the sea and sand during your holiday. Head to the fine white sandy Punta Prima Beach in the southeast of the island, which is one of the biggest in Menorca, or visit the smaller sandy cove of Binibequer Beach, just to the south of Mahon. Another beautiful cove is Cala Macarella, a popular snorkelling spot with crystal-clear waters that you might recognise from postcards.

With a great selection of restaurants serving traditional Menorcan cuisine and international cuisine, Mahon is a foodie's dream. Most of the fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood here are locally sourced, and you can even try a glass of Menorca's wonderful herby wines. In the morning, visit one of the city's cafes and order 'chocolate con churros', mouth-watering finger-shaped doughnuts that you dip into a thick, rich hot chocolate sauce; the perfect way to start your day during your holidays to Mahon.

Mahon is best for...

Shopaholics: shop at the swanky boutiques or browse the thriving daily markets for local Menorcan specialities and unique gifts.

Foodies: if you’re keen to try some real Spanish cuisine during your Mahon holiday, the vibrant waterfront has a sumptuous choice of Mediterranean seafood restaurants and tasty tapas bars.

Sightseers: The town is a treasure trove for sightseers, filled with relics from its long history including beautiful Georgian buildings and museums.


FAST FACTS

Language: the language spoken is Spanish and Menorquí, a variety of Catalan. Feel free to practice your Spanish with a phrasebook or app during your holiday to Mahon, though don’t worry, you won't have to become fluent overnight. You'll find most staff working in hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions will have a basic knowledge of English, but they do appreciate you having a go at their language, even if your attempts are terrible!

Currency: the currency used is the Euro (€)

Local time: 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Menorca Airport (MAH), also known as Mahon Airport, located just outside the city.

Flight time from UK: approximately 2 hours

Tourist Information: Further Mahon tourist information can be found at www.menorca-tourism.net

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Mahon.


Weather and climate

Temperature: 13-29°C.

Summer begins around April and May, kicking off nearly six months of Mediterranean sunshine. The temperature stays around the mid-20s (°C), often climbing higher in August, which is the hottest month of the year. For slightly cooler temperatures, visit Mahon in May, early June or from mid-September to early October, when it's often still warm enough for enjoying the beach and hiking.


Getting around

By tourist train: Mahon operates a tourist train that loops around the resort to the waterfront and town centre. The train is handy for getting around and is a pleasant way to sightsee if you don’t want to walk.

By bus: there’s a bus station in the centre of town with a regular service operating within the resort as well as out to neighbouring towns like Ciutadella.  

By taxi: there are plenty of taxis available and they’re handy for short journeys. Official taxis are white and have a green light on the roof when available, and can be hailed down or found at taxi ranks in the town centre.


Events

Summer festival: the biggest event in the calendar is the Mare de Deu de Gracia, a celebration of the city’s patron saint. Held in September, celebrations go on for a week and include street parties, costumes and parading horses around the town in traditional dress.

Jazz fest: Mahon is one of the cities that hosts Menorca’s annual Jazz Festival. If your holiday is in May, you may get to see international jazz groups and musicians performing in venues across the city, as well as many outdoor concerts.  


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